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Delightful Surprises

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Headed in the direction of Thorsmork!

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Maybe a little bit lost

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First river crossing of the day

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Glad for the sunshine, even if it's just a bit coming through here and there

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Fording deep, icy cold rivers was not my favorite part of the hike...

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...though someone pretended he was ready for a swim...

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...(where did these come from?)...

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...when he wasn't too busy drawing flowers in the ash.

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Life will really cling to whatever it can

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Our camp at last!

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Tongue-twister of a name

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I'm not sure what he's doing here...

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WTF? There's a hidden canyon here??

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I swear you have no idea it's here until you're right up on it

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And to think that some people didn't bother taking this lovely short side trip!

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Gah, it's too pretty

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Tiny guy in a big landscape

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Contemplation

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Two Wretched Days

The past two days have been exhausting. On the first day we did nothing but lie in the tent, watching it shake with the gale force winds (~50 mph). Dark, wet volcanic ash coated everything. One smear was in the pattern of a cartoon dog, and I watched him for several hours until he dissolved. Another splotch was a moorish idol that gradually disintegrated into the right blank eye of an unhappy face.

The second day, the physically exhausting, was easy in comparison. The most wretched parts of our trip never leave a visual record because we're too miserable to take out the camera--buffeted about by winds threatening to carry us off the cliff edge into a thin ravine hidden by fog; soaked inch by inch from a driving, spitting mist that penetrated snowpants, hiking pants to the furry goosebumped skin beneath; fording an icy, thigh-high river, its power to sweep us away an unpleasant shock as we stood in its middle, clutching each other gritting our teeth; and then, to end the day, a freezing cold shower, the only virtue of which was its briefness. For the highlights of the day--see the pictures.

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Oh the spitting mist

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Descending into this valley felt like walking into The Land Before Time

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First Day on Laugavegurinn

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And we're off to a sunny start!

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Everything fumes

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And stinks of sulfur (notice that some of us are carrying more than others...)

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I loved this view, but the photo doesn't do it justice. I think this is where we lost our only eating utensil, a Light My Fire spork that had snapped in half. It was taken by the wind, and Chris contemplated climbing down into a crevice to search for it, but I convinced him not to do it for a broken piece of plastic.

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Who knew there were some many aspects to "dun-colored"?

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Sunny, windy, hot, cold, what? Confused.

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Our last shroom vision

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If this is summer...

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Chris warms himself by a natural hot spring

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So tired I've gone silly

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Crossing a glacier field

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Landmannalaugar Area

We decided to stay a few days to explore the area. After all, it cost us quite a bit of money to get here. Everyone else we met took off on the Laugavegurinn trail right away. Hurray for no time constraints.

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In order to drive to the campsite, you have to have a car whose engine won't flood driving through high water

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The young part of the earth

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Same scene on a cloudy and a sunny day. See what a difference it makes?

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What makes this area is special is all the colors you can see in the ash

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What a river would do if it had its way

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Frostasta├░avatn, from the other side

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On Our Way: Landmannalaugar

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Our first steps on the soil of Iceland's (semi) interior

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Already the landscape's starting to look strange

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Icelandic weather is serious. Chris demonstrates the direction that the wind is blowing.

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Our campsite from afar. As you can see, we're not quite alone out here.

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Plants!

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Taking good pictures of the color here is impossible, especially when it's overcast. This picture doesn't do it justice, but it's better than the rest of the crap I took.

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Freshish lava. Look at that contrast.

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Hard to capture the psychedelic look of the mountains (hills?)

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